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Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.

New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.
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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.

Pope's Schedule: Meeting the president of the country that has received the most refugees


After a week of spiritual exercises, the pope resumes his normal schedule.

In addition to his daily homilies at Casa Santa Marta, Wednesday's General Audience, and Sunday's Angelus, this week will contain two important meetings. 

The first of these meetings will be on Thursday, when the pope receives the President of Lebanon, Michel Aounm, at 10:00 a.m. He took office in late October last year, ending more than two and a half years of an absence of power. It was due to the economic crisis, differences between Sunnies and Shiites, and the war in Syria that has brought many refugees to Lebanon. It's calculated that almost 200 of every 1,000 inhabitants are refugees. 

The next highlight of the week will be the traditional penitential liturgy, said on a Friday in Lent. It is a ceremony dedicated to confession, in in which Francis has always led by example.